The Tick pilot arrived on Amazon as a long-gestating television reboot of Ben Edlund’s classic indie comic book series, popular 1990’s Fox animated series and gone-too-soon 2001-2002 Fox live-action series.
While the casting of English comedian and Guardians of the Galaxy actor Peter Serafinowicz as the mighty blue buffoon was initially met with skepticism, he ended up embodying the role quite well, yielding fan feedback and numbers successful enough to warrant a subsequent series order. The first six episodes arrived on Amazon in August and the second half of the season is arriving very soon.
The Tick Return Date
The Tick will make evil eat his justice when it returns to Amazon on February 23, 2018. You can catch up on the first six episodes here.
The Tick Trailer
The new The Tick trailer, arrving via EW, heralds the Amazon show’s February 23 midseason return, which will be filled with Terror, as in Jackie Earle Haley’s presumed-dead megalomaniacal supervillain.
In response, The Tick is attempting to make this revived reprobate eat his justice by putting together his own super team amongst an unfortunate selection of costumed heroes that includes Overkill (Scott Speiser), Tinfoil Kevin (Devin Ratray), Superian (Brendan Hines), Midnight (voiced by Townsend Coleman), Dangerboat (voiced by Alan Tudyk), and Arthur’s sister, Dot (Valorie Curry). However, the aged evildoer, now going by “Terror 2.0,” has plenty of malevolent machinations up his sleeve, including a destructive reunion with the electrifying Miss Lint (Yara Martinez).
On a side note, the trailer signs off with the birth of a certain utensil-inspired signature catchphrase that longtime fans of The Tick franchise will applaud.
With the new trailer comes this new promo poster.
An here are the previous The Tick trailers…
“Murder – it’s just not cool.” -Dostoyevsky -The Tick
The Tick trailer is chock-full of the one-liners and stupendously absurd superheroics that you’ve come to expect from the franchise. Moreover, the classic dynamic between Tick and Arthur is on display in raucous repertory form, as the duo battle a gaggle of villains such as Jackie Earle Haley’s The Terror and Yara Martinez’s Ms. Lint.
The Tick Season 1 Review
Check out our spoiler-free review of the first six episodes of The Tick.
The Tick Season 1 Episode Guide
There will be 12 episodes in total when this is all done. We’ve already had the first six on Amazon, and episodes 7-12 arrive on February 23.
The Tick Season 1 Episode 1: The Tick
The Tick Season 1 Episode 2: Where’s My Mind
The Tick Season 1 Episode 3: Secret Identity
The Tick Season 1 Episode 4: Party Crashers
The Tick Season 1 Episode 5: Fear of Flying
The Tick Season 1 Episode 6: Rising
The Tick Season 1 Cast
The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion) will return for the series.
Yara Martinez, who played the sinister Ms. Lint in the pilot, has been promoted to a regular.
Scott Speiser has booked a regular role as Overkill. Speiser has fielded an array of television guest roles across his career, notably with appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., NCIS, Mike & Molly, Intelligence and Criminal Minds. He also recently had a daytime soap run on The Young and the Restless.
Kahil Ashanti (Akeelah and the Bee) plays Goat.
Ryan Woodle (Boardwalk Empire) plays VLM.
Paul Moon (Tainted Dreams) plays Dennis.
John Pirkis (Daredevil) plays Dr. Karamazov.
Joshu Schubart (Stoners Review Movies) plays Frank.
Patrick Warburton, who played The Tick in the 2001-2002 Fox series and executive produces the Amazon iteration, will reportedly return to the franchise onscreen for a secret role of some kind.
While storylines for The Tick‘s full series debut are unknown, here are some details dropped about show in the aftermath of the pilot’s premiere.
“This has been a labor of love for Amazon, Sony, and all of us,” said creator and executive producer Ben Edlund, in a statement. “The only way for this to have value was if we found a wholly new expression of The Tick and Arthur’s story in live-action, and I think we’re on to something.
“Visually and thematically this new Tick lives in the textures and rhetoric of today’s superhero saturation tsunami — and for it to be something you want to watch for hours, it needed to find its way to a story with heart and stakes, as well as absurdism. Is it a radically new hybrid of humor and super heroic action with characters you will care desperately about? YES! Yes it is.”